Is There a Connection Between the Thwarted Times Square Terrorist Attack and an Episode of ‘South Pa
It’s an unusually hectic Sunday for news here in New York City, where an undetonated car bomb was found in a Nissan Pathfinder in Times Square, prompting the immediate evacuation of the Theater District last night. A t-shirt vendor alerted police after hearing popping noises in the parked vehicle. At a 2:15 A.M. press conference, Mayor Bloomberg said, “We are very lucky. We avoided what could have been a very deadly event.” Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly added, “I think the intent was to cause a significant ball of fire.”
Because of the vehicle’s proximity to the Viacom building, which owns MTV and Comedy Central, New York Representative Peter King suggested a possible link the controversial episode of “South Park” that upset Islamic extremists over its depiction of the prophet Muhammad in a bear suit. Other links to the terrorist plot include the Pakistani Taliban, which is claiming responsibility. New Yorkers are breathing a sigh of relief and a full investigation into the foiled act of terrorism is underway. Stay tuned as more information about the investigation unravels. In the meantime, details about the possible connection to South Park are after the jump.
Here’s more details, via The Telegraph:
A posting on the website of a US-based group called Revolution Muslim warned Stone and Parker that they would “probably wind up like Theo Van Gogh”, the Dutch film-maker who was murdered in 2004 by a Muslim angered by his film about Muslim women.
Images of the Prophet are strictly forbidden in Islam, and Comedy Central, which broadcasts South Park, has banned Stone and Parker from depicting Mohammed in the past. In 2006 the network stopped them from featuring Mohammed in an episode which followed worldwide protests over a caricature of the Prophet by a Danish cartoonist.
Detectives are also understood to be investigating striking similarities between the New York bomb and two car bombs planted by Islamic terrorists outside the Tiger Tiger nightclub in London in 2007.
In both cases, the devices comprised cylinders of propane gas and cans full of petrol intended to be ignited by electronic detonators.